Strangely the boobies don’t seem to mind the vampire finches drinking their blood. It is believed that this behavior evolved from the vampire finches picking parasites from the feathers of the boobies.
The Vampire Finch or vampire ground finch, scientifically known as Geospiza difficilis septentrionalis, is a fascinating and unusual species of bird found in the Galápagos Islands. It is part of Darwin’s finch group, which played a significant role in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Lepidopterology is the study of butterflies and moths
Phil Torres is a biologist, science communicator, photographer, and television host known for his diverse range of work in the fields of biology, conservation, and science education. He is based in New York City but is involved in projects that take him all around the world. Phil has a strong affinity for butterflies, and has dedicated a significant portion of his career to studying and advocating for these beautiful insects.
Zoo Atlanta says that Biji’s age of 52 was an exception for orangutans.
Biji the Sumatran orangutan was a beloved member of Zoo Atlanta’s great ape population. Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) are critically endangered primates native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Biji’s story is a testament to the importance of conservation and the bonds that can form between humans and the animals they care for.
I was driving on I-285, 2 miles from my exit, and saw a dead armadillo on the side of the highway. It was the first I’d seen around my Decatur, Georgia home. My trail camera, in my backyard, has captured photos of deer, coyotes, owls, hawks, squirrels, possums, raccoons, crows, stray cats, and dogs, but no armadillos yet.
Graceful in flight, musical in its pre-dawn singing, this big swallow is one of our most popular birds.
Martins are a group of bird species belonging to the family Hirundinidae, which consists of approximately 90 species worldwide. They are known for their aerial acrobatics, swift flight, and the ability to catch insects on the wing.
Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are instantly recognizable thanks to their striking orange and black stripes.
Tigers are magnificent creatures and the largest cats in the world. They belong to the Panthera genus and are known scientifically as Panthera tigris. Historically, tigers roamed across a vast territory in Asia.
Raccoon dogs, also known as Nyctereutes procyonoides, are a species of small to medium-sized canids native to East Asia. Despite their name, raccoon dogs are not actually raccoons but rather belong to the canid family, which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes. They are the only currently existing or living species within the genus Nyctereutes. Raccoon dogs have a distinctive appearance that somewhat resembles both raccoons and dogs.
Continued research, international cooperation, and community engagement are crucial for the long-term conservation and survival of narwhals.
Narwhals are fascinating marine mammals known for their unique physical feature—the long, spiraled tusk protruding from their upper jaw. Their scientific name is Monodon monoceros and are part of the whale family Monodontidae, which also includes belugas. They are toothed whales and belong to the odontocete suborder.
In the wild, sugar gliders primarily feed on tree sap, insects, and small animals.
Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. They are omnivore mammals with the scientific name of Petaurus breviceps. They are popular as pets due to their cute and playful nature, as well as their ability to form strong bonds with their owners.
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), also known as “ghosts of the mountain,” are large cats native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. They are found in 12 countries, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.